The Art of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives

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Simon and Schuster, 15.02.1972 - 320 Seiten
Learn the basic techniques every successful playwright knows! Amid the hundreds of "how-to" books out there, there have been very few which attempted to analyze the mysteries of play construction. Lajos Egri's classic, The Art of Dramatic Writing, does just that, with instruction that can be applied equally well to a short story, novel, or screenplay.

Examining a play from the inside out, Egri starts with the heart of any drama: its characters. All good dramatic writing hinges on people and their relationships, which serve to move the story forward and give it life, as well as an understanding of human motives—why people act the way that they do. Using examples from everything from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, Egri shows how it is essential for the author to have a basic premise—a thesis, demonstrated in terms of human behavior—and to develop the dramatic conflict on the basis of that behavior.

Using Egri's ABCs of premise, character, and conflict, The Art of Dramatic Writing is a direct, jargon-free approach to the problem of achieving truth in writing.
 

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Nutzerbericht  - Hagelstein - LibraryThing

Egri describes premise, character, and conflict as the essential elements - and the heart - of any play. He espouses an approach to play-writing “based on the natural law of dialectics” rather than ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - Rick Royster - Goodreads

One of the 2 or 3 best books i've ever read on writing, and i've read quite a few. Story by Robert McKee is very solid and a must read for film makers, but this book combined with Dara Marks inside ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

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The Bone Structure
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Environment
44
The Dialectical Approach
51
Character Growth
62
Strength of Will in a Character
80
Crisis Climax Resolution
230
GENERAL
243
Obligatory Scene
245
Exposition
250
Dialogue
254
Experimentation
261
The Timeliness of a Play
265
Entrances and Exits
268

Plot or CharacterWhich?
90
Characters Plotting Their Own Play
104
Pivotal Character
110
The Antagonist
116
Unity of Opposites
123
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131
Cause and Effect
133
Static
143
Jumping
153
Rising
170
Movement
180
Foreshadowing Conflict
188
Point of Attack
192
Transition
201
Why Are Some Bad Plays Successful?
270
Melodrama
273
On Genius
274
What Is Art?A Dialogue
278
When You Write a Play
281
How to Get Ideas
285
Writing for Television
294
Conclusion
298
Plays Analyzed
299
Index
313
CONFLICT 129 131 133 143 153 170 180 188 192 201 230
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Über den Autor (1972)

Lajos Egri (1888-1967) was born in Hungary and founded the Egri School of Writing in New York City in the 1930s. In addition to writing books, he spent his life writing and directing plays in both the United States and Europe, as well as writing screenplays for the film industry.

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